A Quarantined Life…Memory of My Mother

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

– Dr. Seuss

Hello, sweet friend…

I have a wonderful memory that goes back to when I was in the third grade. At the time my family lived in La Habra, California.

On this particular morning I awoke to a red Barbie doll case which was sitting on the floor against the side of my bed.

It wasn’t Christmas…not my birthday…just an ordinary day in which my mother chose to surprise me with a gift.

I was so excited…

With the passing of years a few dolls found a loving home along with cherished outfits which my mother had sewn…

now many years later that memory is still so powerful…


Homemade Flour Tortillas

This past week I thought it would be fun to make flour tortillas. I had never made them before and had wonderful memories as a child sitting in the kitchen wearing one of my mother’s aprons & excitedly waiting to make small tortillas from the dough she had prepared.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 2/3 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.Add the water and vegetable oil and using your hands, mix together the dough until it is a cohesive ball and all of the liquid has been absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed. (The dough should be soft and Playdoh-like in texture, but not sticky.)

Transfer the dough onto your work surface and knead it about 10 times until it becomes smooth all over. 

Divide the dough into 12 equal balls then flat each ball slightly into the shape of a hockey puck. Flour each piece of dough on both sides then set them aside and cover them with a towel.

Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat.

Roll out one piece of dough into an 8-inch circle then transfer it to the hot pan. Cook the tortilla for about 1 minute then flip it once and continue cooking it an additional 30 seconds or until golden brown spots appear on both sides. Transfer the tortilla from the pan into a towel and cover it while you roll out and cook the remaining tortillas.

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8 Responses to A Quarantined Life…Memory of My Mother

  1. Donna Kelly says:

    This TRULY made me cry!!!!!! What a wonderful memory this is. Love that you shared it with us….xoxo

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Donna, glad you enjoyed this post. We have been lucky to have such wonderful mothers. Happy Mother’s Day sweet friend.

  2. Joe says:

    Happy Mother’s Day!
    Thank you for sharing such a touching memory.
    Those tortillas look scrumptious.

  3. Mary Lea Wolf says:

    I love that you still have your Barbies…. I have one Midge doll… with clothes my mother made her too!! What a great memory for Mother’s Day!!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Mary, thank you for stopping by today. Midge was so cute. Such precious memories forever held in our hearts. My grandmother had a collection of outfits made for my dolls that I still have too. This time of year always think of her too.
      Happy Mother’s Day.

  4. Carol Hingle says:

    Marcia…I love your posts….sharing your memories and pictures of your lovely home….I am missing my sister ( my only sibling) miss our crazy conversations…..seeing your posts is like a conversation with my sister….not so crazy….lol

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Carol, thank you so much. Losing a sister is so very difficult…makes me smile to think my posts help you think of her. Btw…I really can be quite crazy too at times. Take care my sweet friend…Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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